The Town of Marshall

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The town of Marshall’s history was defined by the French Broad River. The Main Street has the river on one side and a cliff on the other. Transportation routes along the river and the subsequent railroad created a booming economy for the town in the past. The courthouse demonstrates the town’s importance as county seat and the historic Allen House sits amidst historic businesses, both exhibiting architectural beauty. The mix of the government and the eclectic art studios creates a unique atmosphere for the town. Across the bridge, Blannahassett Island provides a peaceful setting for picnics and recreational activities.

Town of Marshall, North Carolina, Visitor Guide

The historic town of Marshall, nestled between rocky cliffs and the scenic French Broad River, celebrates its colorful past while passionately embracing the contemporary. Main Street, lined with original buildings including our century-old courthouse, is home to artists’ studios, galleries, music and dance venues, and eclectic shops.

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Madison County NC Courthouse

The Madison County Courthouse was built in 1907 and designed by Richard Sharp Smith (head architect for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC). The two story Neo-Classical Revival brick structure sits in the heart of Marshall with an unobstructed view of the French Broad River. 

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Colonel Lawrence Allen House

The oldest building on Main Street, constructed in 1849, the Colonel Lawrence M. Allen House played an important part in the Civil War. A marker in front of the house (part of the Civil War Trails) tells the story. The house itself is a typical “I-house” which was a common form throughout Western North Carolina from the early 1800s into the 1900s.

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Blannahassett Island in Marshall

Marshall has a unique geographic location situated in a ravine on the French Broad River with just Main Street and the railroad running between the river and the steep cliff on the blocks of the historic downtown.

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Marshall, North Carolina Historic Markers

Three of the town of Marshall’s historic markers are placed in front of the historic County Courthouse on Main Street in downtown Marshall. Two share a “road” theme as one commemorates the Dixie Highway from the early part of the 20th century; the other commemorates the Buncombe Turnpike (or Drover’s Trail as it is sometime called) from the 19th century.

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Featured Businesses in Marshall

Bailey Mountain Bike Park

1370 Bone Camp Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(855) 743-3962

Bailey Mountain Bike Park

Nancy Darrell

556 Black Pine Ridge Rd Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 656-2731

Nancy Darrell

The Little Pine Gem Mine

1459 Caney Fork Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-3464

The Little Pine Gem Mine

Frosty Mountain Christmas Trees

13623 North Carolina 212 Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 656-8100

Frosty Mountain Christmas Trees

Bonnie & Clydes Appalachian Cuisine

5145 Old US Hwy 25-70 Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-8267

Bonnie & Clydes Appalachian Cuisine

Flow

14 South Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-1686

Flow

Bucky Parker

115 Blannahassett Island Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753

Bucky Parker

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

1459 Caney Fork Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-3464

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

Mossy Mountain Bikeworks

133 South Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
828 649-2554

Mossy Mountain Bikeworks

Mad Co. Brew House

45 North Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
828-649-8600

Mad Co. Brew House

Madison County Tourism Development Authority

56 South Main Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Contact
 

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Local: (828) 680-9031

Toll Free: (877) 262-3476

Mailing Address: PO Box 1527
    Mars Hill, NC 28754